Possible E. Coli Contamination Focus of Jackie’s Jersey Milk Recall

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Jackie’s Jersey Raw Jersey Cow Milk is being recalled after a routine sampling by the Washington State Agriculture Department revealed that the milk is contaminated with E. Coli food poisoning, according to the Seattle Times.  So far, there have been no reports of illness related to this recall.

The Seattle Times reported that this recall involves all Jackie’s Jersey Raw Jersey Cow Milk having a “use by” date through March 4th.  These products are sold in half-gallon containers.  Grocery stores that sell these recalled products include stores in Skagit, Snohomish, Whatcom and King counties in Seattle.

According to Bill Degroot, co-owner of the company, Jackie’s Jersey Milk has repaired one piece of equipment that is thought may have led to the E. Coli contamination of the recalled products.  Consumers often purchase raw milk because of the probiotic benefits it offers.

If the equipment problem is solved, the milk will be back on store shelves in a matter of just a few days, according to Degroot.

Any customers who have the Jackie’s Jersey milk product under recall in their homes are asked to return it to the store where it was purchased.  The milk is sold at numerous stores in Whatcom County including Laurel Farm & Western supply, Green Barn, Terra Organica, Bromley’s Market in Sumas and both Community Food Co-ops.

E. Coli bacteria can cause individuals to become ill with stomach-flu like symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea and diarrhea.  In most healthy individuals, the sickness is mild.  Certain people are at an increased risk of serious complications from E. Coli infection, including young children, the elderly and those whose immune system is compromised.

If you have become ill after eating foods that you suspect may be tainted with E. Coli, see your doctor at once.  In those most at risk, E. Coli food poisoning can lead to anemia, severe dehydration and HUS (hemolytic uremic syndrome) which often affects young children and may lead to kidney failure.

Massive Beef Recalls Since November Due to E. Coli & Salmonella Contamination

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

In the last few months, nearly 3,000,000 pounds of beef and sausage products have been recalled due to possible E. Coli and Salmonella contamination.  The most recent recall was by Daniele International, a corporation that operates in Pascoag and Mapleville RI.  About 1,240,000 pounds of Italian sausage products were recalled.  These foods were ready to eat varieties, and included salami.  This outbreak resulted in at least 184 illnesses across 38 states, which was contributed to contamination by Salmonella Montevideo.

This round of meat contamination began in November of 2009, when Fairbank Farms, a New York company, recalled half a million pounds of ground beef that was thought to be contaminated with E. Coli O157:H7.  This outbreak resulted in five individuals developing HUS (hemolytic uremic syndrome.)  In total, 26 people became ill and 19 had to be hospitalized.

Since then, 3 more episodes of E. Coli contaminated foods have led to recalls.  On Christmas Eve, National Steak and Poultry, an Oklahoma company, recalled 248,000 pounds of tenderized beef products.  At least 21 people are known to have become ill during this outbreak across 16 states.

In Athol, Massachusetts, over 2,500 pounds of beef products were recalled due to possible E. Coli food poisoning contamination.  These products were produced by Adams Farm Slaughterhouse, LLC.  Only one Massachusetts resident is known to have become sick in this incident.  The Massachusetts Department of Public Health conducted an epidemiological investigation, during which a ground beef sample tested positive for E. Coli O157:H7.

In mid January, 846,000 pounds of ground beef product had to be recalled because of possible E. Coli food poisoning contamination.  The FSIS (food inspection branch of the USDA) announced this recall of beef produced by Huntington Meat Packing, Inc., a California based company.

Foodborne illnesses are frequently mild, but severe complications and even death are not out of the question, especially in individuals at increased E. Coli risks.  Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and anyone with a compromised immune system should be especially cautious.  Symptoms usually include stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea, fever and sometimes vomiting.  E. Coli can lead to HUS, especially in infants and young children.  In HUS, most of the toxin gains access to system circulation, which means it can easily attached to weak receptors found on white blood cells.  Organ injury and even death may result.  Damage to the brain, pancreas and kidneys is not unusual when HUS occurs.

If you develop symptoms of E. Coli, contact your doctor at once for treatment.  Those most at risk should take special care to seek medical attention.

14,000 Pounds of Boneless Beef Products Recalled Due to Possible E. Coli Contamination

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

For the third time this year, beef products have been recalled due to possible E. Coli food poisoning contamination.  The latest recall on the list is a voluntary recall by West Missouri Beef, LLC who has recalled 14,000 lbs. of boneless beef products.  This news was revealed in a press release on February 2nd by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.  This is a Class I recall, which according to the FDA means that there is a reasonable probability that the use or exposure to that product could put individuals at risk of serious health consequences or even death.  E. Coli food poisoning is one of the most serious of foodborne illnesses, so any time it is recalled it is classified as a Class I.

Just in the last three months, over 1,600,000 lbs. of beef products have been recalled.  Approximately two weeks ago, Huntington Meat Packing recalled 864,000 lbs. of beef because of likely E. Coli contamination.  Prior to that, Applebee’s and at least five other restaurant chains were affected by recalled beef and steak products.  This contamination was thought to have originated at an Owasso, Oklahoma plant.  At the time of this announcement, 21 people in 16 states had been made ill, and nine of these had to be hospitalized.  One individual developed HUS (hemolytic uremic syndrome), which is life-threatening.

E. Coli is characterized by abdominal pain and severe cramps, usually followed by diarrhea.  Certain individuals are at high risk of becoming seriously ill.  In infants and young children, HUS, a complication of E. Coli infection, is the number one cause of acute kidney failure.

Others who are at greater risk of serious complications include those who have compromised immune systems and the elderly. People who have had stomach-reduction surgery are also at an increased risk.

Foods that commonly contain the E. Coli bacteria are apple cider and milk that are unpasteurized, beef that is not cooked thoroughly, and soft cheeses.  Food poisoning, while not usually serious, can be fatal in certain circumstances.  Those who develop E. Coli symptoms should see a doctor at once for treatment; especially those most at risk for complications.

Restaurants, food manufacturers and others responsible for handling foods may be held liable for costs associated with E. Coli infection.  Contact an experienced and reputable New York food poisoning attorney, who can advise you of your legal rights.

Potential E. Coli Outbreak In Massachusetts From Adams Farm Slaughterhouse, LLC

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Recent news shows that Adams Farm Slaughterhouse, LLC located in Massachusetts made a notice that over 2,500 pounds of beef is being recalled due to the possibility of E. Coli contamination.  This was just announced by the US Dept of Agriculture food safety & inspection.

Unfortunately, Massachusetts isn’t new to E. Coli outbreaks, back in November, they received some beef from Fairbank farms that was also likely contaminated, resulting in several infections to Massachusetts citizens.

These outbreaks are extremely serious and can results in very negative health affects.

The first step to take if you believe you may be contaminated is to visit your doctor to determine the problem. If you have in fact been contaminated by any food-borne illness, you need treatment immediately.  Seeking legal representation is often times recommended as well.

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